Pocket Pistol Advice

This is a discussion on Pocket Pistol Advice within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I usually do the Ruger LCP in a High Noon pocket holster or sometimes I will tote my PPK/S in a Galco pocket Holster. Its ...

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    I usually do the Ruger LCP in a High Noon pocket holster or sometimes I will tote my PPK/S in a Galco pocket Holster. Its alittle heavy sometimes.
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    For pocket carry I have the PM9 at the top of my list followed by the j-frame platform. I have a P3AT, but it almost never gets out of the safe any more, and when it does it is only as a BUG.

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    I go a little bit bigger than the micro guns. I often pocket carry a Glock 27 in cargo pants and khaki's.

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    Kahr PM9 or PM40 or Kel-tec PF-9. I love my PM40 in a nemesis in my front pocket or a tuck this IWB.

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    Ruger LCP .380. Low cost and a good performer. Higher end. Sig p238 .380, Sea Camp .380, Kahr PM9. The Kahr PM9 stands out because of the 9mm round. All would be a good pocket pistol, but the Kahr can be finicky and some owners don't trust um. YMMV.

    I have the LCP in a Blackhawk 1 pocker holster and it's a good BUG for $300 and change. The Kahr's are around $600 and up depending on sights. The Sea Camp and the Sig are close in price but on the high side IMO for a BUG. I want a Sig because of the 1911 platform. The .380 calibre is on the low end for DC but with +ps and JHP, it'll do its job.

    Allot of the folks here will have great suggestions for the holster, but finding the perfect one to suit your taste will no doubt add to your holster collection. Most of the pistols mentioned here will have a specific holster available, as well as a good selection form other leather crafters. Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Flext - spend ~ $60 on a Smartcarry holster and wear it at 11 o'clock. You will be able to carry your XD, which is a much better pistol than any pocket gun. The Smartcarry will distribute the weight around your hips, and since it has its own belt, won't drag your pants down.

    It only takes a minute to put it on - if you can't swing that, maybe you shouldn't be carrying at all (there's your flak... joking!)

    Seriously, it's cheaper than getting another gun, and you get your money back (minus a few bucks shipping) if you don't like it.

    Bet you'll like it though!

    I'm curious how well a Smartcarry will fit on me. I'm pretty dang scrawny, about 6ft and 155lbs. It should still hold alright with that build? Just curious about that.

    Those Seecamps look pretty slick from my googleing, but I read somewhere they are tough to get. Can anyone vouch for the truth in that?

    Thanks for all the replies btw! Lots of good advice and I will be looking at some of the suggestions here in the future.

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    Welcome!

    How big are your pockets?

    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    My favorite pocket gun is a j-frame sized .357.
    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Flext - spend ~ $60 on a Smartcarry holster and wear it at 11 o'clock. You will be able to carry your XD, which is a much better pistol than any pocket gun. The Smartcarry will distribute the weight around your hips, and since it has its own belt, won't drag your pants down.
    I like both these answers because that is how I carry often.

    I carry an XD-45 compact and a .357 SP-101 in a dual-holster SmartCarry (large holsters), and sometimes move the XD-45 to an OWB holster and the .357 to a pocket holster.

    If you're looking for something to carry as your only gun, I'd lean toward the larger calibers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flext View Post
    I'm curious how well a Smartcarry will fit on me. I'm pretty dang scrawny, about 6ft and 155lbs. It should still hold alright with that build?
    It hangs on your hip bones and not your waist, so I don't see your build as being detrimental to wearing one. If your shoulders are wider than your waist, you can wear untucked shirts which will help conceal.

    My guess is that you will find it easier to conceal and use the SmartCarry than if you had a large midsection.

    Loose pants aid in comfort, as do pants with a larger crotch, i.e., tight fitting jeans with a small crotch area will be uncomfortable if you are concealing a large gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GottaCarry View Post
    Keltec P3AT , Desantis Nemesis pocket holster, magazine finger extension, 6+1
    Hornady Critical defense ammo. This truly fits in any pocket and you won't want to leave the house without it.
    +1 on the P3AT and the Nemesis. Quite easy to conceal.
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    LCP, K-T P-3AT, or Kahr 380, in a pocket holster. Pocket carry gives one the option of having your hand on the gun with out raising anyones awareness, try doing that with a smart carry.

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    S&W 340PD with CT 405's in a Mika Pocket Holster. Using Speer Gold Dot 135 gr. .38 as a daily carry load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    Pocket carry gives one the option of having your hand on the gun with out raising anyones awareness, try doing that with a smart carry.

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    Or telling the bad guy that's holding a gun or knife at you to relax, my money is right here in my front pocket, let me get it out for you.

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    M&P 340 or the new kid on the block - Micro Desert Eagle.

    Both 100% reliable and 100% pocketable.


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    Sounds like you want a pocket "size" gun, but won't be carrying it exclusively in a pocket. I carry a Ruger LCP and have a Crossbreed minituck holster to fit on my 4:00 position. MicroClipIt pretty much dissappears and I am pretty skinny and have a lot of trouble hiding guns. I would look for the smallest .380 you can get if you are looking to have some stopping power yet want to always have it on you. You can have the greatest gun, but it dosen't do you any good sitting at home.

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